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1950s Style Sweet Heart Tulle Prom Dress

1950s Style Sweet Heart Tulle Prom Dress

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Photographing our 1950s inspired sweet heart tulle prom dress in Wells. I wanted to capture that 1950s dusty high grain look and I love the wintery greens and red together.

Model: Aloisa Williams aka Decked out Dolly
Photographed by Alexandra King

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Tartan Mack Dress

Tartan Mack Dress

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Sketch of the Tartan Dress. 

The dress was designed with a 1950s sweetheart cut in a beautiful Mackintosh tartan silk taffeta. Trimmed in black velvet with a matching silk belt. 

This is a one of a kind piece available in the ready to wear collection. 

Tartan is the Winter season patter but as with gingham there are so many style references throughout history from traditional Celtic clan origins to Royalty's highland parties and on to punks and Clueless, Westwood and Macqueen.

Tartan is a fashion staple an beautifully festive in Red Mackintosh. 

Bespoke gowns in a tartan plaid of your choice are also available to order. Please take a look at the bespoke section for details. 

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Sequin Carnival Dress

Sequin Carnival Dress

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Sketch of the sequin cocktail dress. The dress was inspired by old black and white hollywood and 1920s full pannier dresses. 

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The Dress is hand draped over a boned bandeau bodice and supported with nets and a crinoline hem. 
This dress is a one of a kind piece available in the ready to wear section.

Sequin cocktail dress by alexandra king

The dress was photographed at the carnival fairground the November. Styled with a long trench coat, a heavy matte coat against the sequins worked wells. I the studio the dress was styled with a long sleeved bodysuit underneath. 
I love strapless gowns as the fit and silhouette always work so well. Many people don't like exposing their arms but a simple tight jersey top works really elegantly underneath a strapless or sleeveless gown.
The shiny sequins with a chunky knit sweater will look gorgeous for winter too.

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Black Tulle Ballerina Skirt

Black Tulle Ballerina Skirt

Black floral tulle skirt with captured purple velvet rose buds.

The skirt is very full with lilac purple velvet roses captured under the tulle. One of my favourite vintage dresses was a 1940s gown in black tulle with black sequin, v shaped waistband and under the tulle on the skirt was a hidden red rose. 

Flowers under tulle look so romantic like under a layer of dust. 

The tulle ballerina length skirt is very, very full because I love how the big hems make the waists look so tiny. Styled with a black crepe vintage evening jacket that has the most wonderful slim sleeves. The peplum sits over the skirt just right.

The skirt is available to buy as a one of a kind piece in the ready to wear section.

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Red Velvet Cocktail Dress

Red Velvet Cocktail Dress

Sketch for the red velvet cocktail dress. 

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The red velvet cocktail has a sleeker hour glass cut with a high bandeau bodice and little puffed skirt studded with Swarovski crystals. 

This little cocktail dress is just the right amount of modest in the deep red velvet and twinkling crystals to style with a bog hair bow or birdcage veil. Don't forget the killer heels. 

red velvet cocktail dress by Alexandra King

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The Wray Dress

The Wray Dress

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The Wray dress, fit for the silver screen and ready to clothe a goddess just like Faye Wray. 

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wray pleat dress alexandra king

wray pleat dress alexandra king

Designed with flowing sunray pleats and a smattering of gold glitter catching the light as you move. I love the metallics of the satin, the silver lame sash and the spotted gold glitter tulle together. The glitter tulle looks as if a sparkling cheetah ran through it with animalistic patterning. 

The dress has a beautiful movement with the pleats, ready for dancing the night away. 

This is a one of a kind piece, more info on purchasing this dress via the images. 

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Black Magic Cocktail Star Dress

Black Magic Cocktail Star Dress

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The Sketch for the Black Magic cocktail dress. The ideas for this dress came initially from the brilliant star flocked tulle I had and researching 1920s Halloween ads. I loved the layering of the tulle over blues creating a starry midnight blue. 

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The first dress in this collection was designed as a one of a kind. Layering the star tulle over the blue hourglass with a silhouette illusion to the shape. The strapless bandeau neckline gives an elegant line with a hand pleated bodice creating lots of detail. 

The full circle skirt is cut to ballerina length with a crinoline hem adding structure. 

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Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein

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Vera West was the uncredited costume designer on Bride Of Frankenstein. She designed those slinky bias cut silk gowns on 393 mainly b moveis between 1928 and 1947 until she was mysteriously found drowned in her swimming pool after being blackmailed or murdered.
A prolific gown designer, I'm now want to see more of her work, she did the stunning gowns in Dracula and the Bride of Frankenstein is iconic. These are all low budget films and I wonder what the conversations were like between James Whale, Elsa Lanchester and Vera West in creating the look.
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Elsa Lanchester played Dr Frankensteins monster bride, on screen for just a few short moments the disturbed bride is iconic. Frankenstein along with many of the other Universal monster movies are sad tales of humans fear of the 'other' and are modern hero's. Something James Whale the director could relate to in the 1930s where fascism and prejudice was building around the world.
The real monsters were always the people. 
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Autumn Plaid Silk Gown

Autumn Plaid Silk Gown

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Sketch for the silk plaid dress. This piece of fabric has been saved for years and it was worth waiting to design something properly for this beautiful silk. The shades are Autumn spice perfection. alexandra king plaid silk cocktail dress 2018
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There was just enough fabric to design the dress with a full skirt. Initially cut to have a matching plaid bodice but in the draping process the black looked so much sharper and the border hem finished the design matching to the black in the plaid squares. 
I'm always thinking how to bring something extra to the dress. Not just for the sake of it but to bring next level design to the whole structure. Sometimes leaving a dress ultra simple is right sometimes more is more. 
The bow brings more extra especially with the 1950s inspired cut. I love the bold lines of the cutaway neckline and low back. 
Finished with a built in tulle underskirt and of course,...


Emerald Green Pleated Dress

Emerald Green Pleated Dress

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Sketch of the green pleated dress. A one of a kind design available in the ready to wear collection. Click images for more info on purchasing this dress.

This was a series of dresses working with Ciment pleaters on different fabrics to produce sunray pleats. I love the sunray pleats and how the skirt falls closer to the body but can be pulled out to a full art deco ray when dancing. 

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For this dress we used a beautiful deep emerald green Japanese satin that is very shiny, slinky and crisp just like the rayon slips of the 1940s. This green in particular is beautiful and combined with the lace give a subtle contrast . I love the ultra fine straps giving it a ballet feel.